Upcoming: Gifts for Strangers 2013

September 24th, 2013 | Posted by Improv in Toronto in Completed Missions

Gifts for Strangers, is a world-wide cause to spread kindness and goodwill around the world. The concept is as simple as it seems, we hand out gifts to random strangers.

We started Gifts for Strangers here in Toronto 3 years ago, last year 33 cities around the world joined us. This year we hope to improve that number, by spreading the movement to even more cities across the world.

One should never underestimate the power of kindness. Like a flame, kindness can spread from one person to another. Changing the world, as if by storm.

To get a better idea of how the event works, check out this video from one of the previous GFS: http://youtu.be/pNqFN5L5a6AGifts for Strangers


When: December 21, 2013 at 1pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
What to bring: Gifts! (see below)
What we do: Give gifts to strangers!
Why: It is common for us to become centered on spending money and time with the people we know and love during the holiday season. We’re going to ask you to switch that up, and to put some time into brightening a strangers day. Because not everyone has that family member or friend to go to during the holiday season.


More information:

The event is pretty self explanatory, we ask you to either make gifts or buy affordable presents. Spend whatever you think is reasonable. The more important part, is thinking about what type of gift would make you smile, and bringing that to life. Then we’ll be giving these gifts to random strangers.

Your gifts could be something you create, like visual art, a poem, or a mix CD. Or a something you owned or purchased for relatively cheap, like a yo-yo, teddy bear, or a good book. Just remember, be creative, and make it personal!

Wrap each present individually! Along with each gift, we ask you to write a personal card. Write a heart-felt message. Something honest and open. And make sure to include “From one stranger to another, Happy Holidays”.

Make as many gifts as you like. And keep track of what is in each one. So that you can hand it out to the right age/gender/type of person.

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